The Last Word

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When it comes to drinking, I don’t have a “go to” cocktail. Instead, I like to mix it up. [Insert sly Emoji face].

Inspired by the season, weather, or, in the case of this naturally green sipper, a holiday, I’m always on the hunt for something new to try, though I tend to prefer simple drinks with fresh ingredients, usually with a botanical twist. (Hence my preference for Hendrick’s).

St. Patrick’s Day in the United States is all green beer, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Guinness (which leaves me feeling like I ate an entire loaf of bread), and Irish whiskeys. I am not a fan of any of those things, so I began searching for a cocktail that fit the theme without being loaded with artificial colors, outrageous amounts of sugar, or fall under the category of “shooters”.

In my quest, I came across The Last Word. It really is quite simple— equal parts gin, Maraschino Liqueur, and Chartreuse— you can shake this up and serve it [neat] in no time!

The Last Word has an interesting history, and can be a little conflicting depending on the source. All seem to agree, however, that Seattle bartender Murray Stenson discovered the recipe in a 1951 bar manual titled Bottoms Up, bringing it back to life, after falling out of vogue for decades). The drink experienced a surge in popularity in the early ‘00s, with good reason.

Beautifully balanced with sweet, sour, and a bit of bite, The Last Word will be a cocktail you’re sure to remember.

The Last Word

Makes 1 drink, but easily doubled (or tripled!)

Ingredients

3/4 oz gin (Hendrick’s is my personal fav, but Beefeater would substitute nicely)

3/4 oz green Chartreuse

3/4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice

3/4 oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice

  2. Shake, shake, shake!

  3. Strain into a coupe glass

  4. Enjoy!

Originally posted on Tidewater & Tulle